Music in the Children’s Room

I am usually recommending books for the children, so this time I thought I would recommend some music CD’s for children. Some we have in, and others I am planning to buy in the month of December. Music helps with child development, motor skills, learning new sounds, meaning of words, etc.

Trees by Billy Kelly
Home by Tim Kubart
Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album by The Okee Dokee Brothers
A Laurie Berkner Christmas by Laurie Berkner
Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix: Vol. 1 by The Whizpops
Superhero by Laurie Berkner
Expose your child to music and have some fun.
Ginni Nichols

New Children’s Books for September

Picture books

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead.

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottle found at sea and make sure that the message is delivered. He loves his job, although he always wishes that one of the letters would someday be addressed to him.

Then one day he finds a bottle with the most intriguing note inside, and no name attached. As he devotes himself to solving the mystery, he ends up finding what his heart wanted all along.

They All Saw a Cat  by Brendan Wenzel.

In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see.

The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage.

It’s the cement mixer’s first day on the job, and he doesn’t want to make any mistakes. How can he help the other trucks on the construction site?  By mixing some powdery white cement, of course.

When he mixes it up and adds a little water things don’t quite turn out as planned. But he keeps trying and eventually learns that making mistakes isn’t always a bad thing.

This is the story of some extremely cute animals who faced some extremely mean bullies with some extremely heavy machinery.

As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change colors, everyone knows-autumn is on its way!

Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says goodbye to summer and welcomes autumn.

NanoBots by Chris Gall.

Imagine a robot the size of a dot or even smaller! It’s for real: microscopic machines called Nanobots may someday be able to save the world! But first, they have a few smaller problems to tackle.

These bots and their high-tech friends sure make the inventor’s life easier-but when the most awesome robot in town is in danger, these tiny taskmasters learn that sometimes the smallest helpers can make the biggest difference!

Graphic Novels

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey.

When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?

HiLo: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick.

HiLo and his friends must save the world from monsters from another dimension.

Chapter Books

Moo by Sharon Creech.

When twelve-year-old Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna and one very ornery cow named Zora.

From Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech comes a lovely and uplifting story of how a little kindness can change lives, reminding us that if you’re open to new experiences, life offers surprises.
The Best Worst Thing by Kathleen Lane.
Front door locked, kitchen door locked, living room windows closed. Nobody in the closet, nobody under the beds. Still, Maggie is worried. Ever since she started middle school, she sees injustice and danger everywhere-on the news, in her textbooks, in her own neighborhood. Even her best friend seems to be changing.
Maggie believes it is up to her, and only her, to make everything all right. Can she come up with a plan to keep everyone safe?
“The Best Worst Thing” is a perceptive novel about learning the limits of what you can control, and the good-sometimes even best-things that can come of finally letting go.
Makoons by Louise Erdrich.
Born in the thaw of late winter, when steam ravels from the dens of bears to signal their birth, Makoons in named for the Ojibwe word for little bear. He and his twin,
Chickadee, have moved with their family to the Great Plains of Dakota Territory, leaving behind the reservations-leftover land that the US government tried to give them. The plains belong to the buffalo, and Makoons and Chickadee are eager to learn the ways of the hunters and help their people make a home in this new land.
But Makoons has had a vision, one that tells him that he and his family will never return east to the lake and to the woods. The vision also tells him that his family will face great challenges-challenges that they may not be able to overcome.
The sequel to “Chickadee”,” Makoons” continues the story that began with “The Birchbark House”, one Ojibwe family’s journey through a hundred years of American history.
Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger & Cece Bell.
Hoping to become the greatest detective that ever grew, Inspector Flytrap, a Venus Flytrap, and his assistant, Nina the Goat, investigate “big deal” mysteries at an art museum, a cookie shop, and a garden.
Reviews have been copied from book flaps or from item records.
Ginni Nichols, Children’s Librarian

School Vacation Week at the Gardiner Public Library

We had a wonderfully full school vacation week here in the library. Story time & crafts were on Tuesday morning at 10:30, then a Bugs, Bugs, Bugs program & craft with L.C. Bates Museum in the afternoon funded by Crossroads Youth Center and through a generous grant received by the Maine Community Foundation.  Thursday was an Origami Fish Folding Workshop.  Each program had a great number of people in attendance.

Other things happening were Legos, as well as the train set, doll house, and Puppet Theater. We were so happy here with all the participation for each event. This is what every library dreams of doing during a week off from school.
So thanks to all who came and to all who helped with these events. A special thank you goes to Abby Gifford, Deb, Isabelle and Griffin Files, Upstream, Crossroads Youth Center, and Maine Community Foundation.
Here are some photos from this fabulous week.
L.C. Bates Museum – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
L.C. Bates Museum – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
L.C. Bates Museum – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!


L.C. Bates Museum – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
L.C. Bates Museum – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!



Fold A Fish Origami Workshop


Fold A Fish Origami Workshop
Fold A Fish Origami Workshop
Fold A Fish Origami Workshop
Fold A Fish Origami Workshop
Ginni Nichols, Children’s Librarian

What’s Going On?!?!?!


Over the next couple of weeks, we have several irons in the fire.
National Library Week is celebrated from April 10 – 16 this year.  We have a display of “library” related books for your perusal.
The ALA (American Library Association) theme for the week is “Libraries Transform Lives”.  As part of the promotional campaign, we have blank “speech bubbles” available for folks to let us know how a library may have transformed your life!  Next time you’re in the library, pick up one at the desk, and we’ll add it to our on-going display!
School Vacation week is fast approaching, and we have a couple of programs planned.  On Tuesday, the 19th of April, the L.C. Bates Museum is doing their “Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!” program in the Children’s Room. The program begins at 2:00, so please plan on joining us then!


On Thursday, the 21st, a local Origami enthusiast will present a workshop – “Fold A Fish”.  This workshop is geared toward those ages 5 and up.  If you’re like me, I would need the 5 year-old to help me understand the directions, though, perhaps your 5-year-old might need your assistance as well.  Join us in the Children’s Room at 10:30, and learn to “Fold A Fish”.
The Gardiner Library Association’s annual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th, from 6:30 – 8:00.  My understanding is that there will be a brief business meeting, followed by a slide presentation by our Archivist, Dawn Thistle.  Dawn will highlight some of the library’s impressive Gardiner resources.  This meeting is open to all.
Last to mention, but certainly not the least – on Saturday, April 23rd we will host a “Mystery In The Archives”.  Perhaps you have noticed the display table in the Young Adult section of the library?  We have obtained two historic documents, perhaps a will? And ??? Or ???  These interesting artifacts are available for you to decipher, and learn a bit before the 23rd.  Take a few minutes the next time you’re here to look them over, and perhaps purchase a ticket for this fun and exciting evening!  Tickets are available at the Adult Circulation Desk at a cost of $30 per person.  Light refreshments will be available.  All proceeds from this event to benefit the Community Archives Room.
Oh, one more thing!  This isn’t an event with a specific day and time, but we are now the proud hosts of a “Coloring Station”.  Sometimes we all need a little time to sit quietly and color, so feel free to use the station in the Hazzard Reading Room.  Crayons, markers and colored pencils are available, as well as a variety of coloring pages.
Looking forward to seeing you at some of these great events!
Ann Russell, Technology Librarian

The Library

Recently in the Children’s Room, a very young patron exclaimed to me, “The library… is…. GRRREAT!”  He could hardly contain his excitement at the discovery of such a wonderful, magnificent place.  His enthusiasm reminded me of when I was little and used to spend HOURS at the public library, quite content in a comfy corner with a pile of books.  The library was truly the best place!
So, yes, dear one, the library IS great!  It is a place where people of all ages can explore, interact, and imagine.  Libraries help foster a lifelong love of reading.  It’s a place where we can be inquisitive, where one inquiry spurs another.  It’s a place where books can carry us away!
In the words of beloved author E.B White, “A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort.  A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered.  Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people—people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.” 


35 Years, 3 Generations of Families, Some Amazingly Wonderful Patrons.

Where did the years go?

As I begin my retirement, there are certain things of which I am sure.
I will deeply miss:
  • The wonderful Gardiner Library staff.  Our collaboration, laughter, problem solving, and friendship goes far beyond most working environments. Together we have made GPL one of the premier libraries in the state. You are the Best!
  • Selecting books for the children’s collection.
  • School visits with dedicated teachers.
  • Meetings & conferences with colleagues.
  • And finally, all the energetic, super terrific children whom I’ve had the privilege to watch grow up and become readers.
 Thank you all!
And a special appreciation to the many thoughtful people who’ve taken the time to phone, stop by, write wonderful messages on Facebook, and indulge me with flowers & gifts.  I am so honored!
Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian


 Harry Cochrane (1860–1946)
Literature (stage curtain), Children’s Room, 2nd Floor
 Harold Hayman Cochrane, was born in Augusta, ME, son of Major James Henry and Ellen M. (Berry) Cochrane.  Raised in Monmouth, he was a naturally gifted artist, architect, musician, author, and poet.  His early career began as a “crayon artist” in a photography studio in Gardiner in the 1880s.  In the well-lit studio, on the corner of Water and Bridge Streets, he created life-sized renderings from photographs as well as in-person sittings.  In 1887, he began working on large-scale interior works, from free-hand ornamentation, to theater curtains, to huge murals.  In his lifetime, he worked throughout Maine, New England, and beyond.  Among the best known of his over 400 commissions for public buildings, are the interior of Cumston Hall in Monmouth and the Kora Temple in Lewiston.  




Giraffes In The Library!

The children’s room of the Gardiner Public Library has recently received a large quantity of new LEGO building pieces through the largess of the LEGO Company & distributed by the Maine State Library Emergent/Family Literacy and Children’s Services Department.



We plan to sponsor a monthly club giving children (adults too) a theme or idea of something to create using the blocks.  Our first creations were “Giraffes”.  We have 7 delightful examples on display & hopefully more will be built during the month of November.
Come on into the library and make a giraffe to join the others.
And next month we’ll make an airplane!
Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian

Ladies Literary Overnight

Recently we had our second annual Ladies Literary Sleepover in the library – yes, we did it a second time!
Eighteen women had fun in the library, after hours.  We talked, we ate, we laughed, we ate, we played games, we talked, we visited, we ate, we slept (a little) and we got up and did it all again!
The ladies began arriving around 7:00, munchies and sleeping bags in hand.  We set up our buffet of yummies in the Young Adult Room, and YUMMIES they were!  We had blueberries, chips, fruit, salad, pizza, eggs, soda and chocolate (it’s not a party without chocolate!!!).
Dawn Thistle, our Archives Librarian, had an historic Gardiner scavenger hunt.  Everyone gathered in the Reading Room, for this interactive trip through the area – from the 1800s forward.  What a fascinating way to learn about where we live.


After munching, and chatting some more, folks migrated to various areas of the library – some for games, Scrabble and Hugger Mugger in particular, some for reading of books, some for reading of tarot cards, and some for more visiting.
Eventually, we chose our various sleeping spots – several in the Children’s Room – on the stage, in the puppet area, as well as surrounding the train.  The rest of us slept on the main level of the library – one person opted to sleep in the stacks among the biographies, but the majority spread out in the Reading Room.
Sunday morning we were up early – coffee, fruit and Frosty’s donuts were on the menu – can I just say YUM!!!  We all gathered our various and sundry belongings, checked the stacks one last time, and headed home to our regularly scheduled Sunday events.
Will we do this next year???  Watch the calendar and check with staff for a sleepover next Summer!